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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
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Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...

The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.

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Formerly the home of the entire Seattle Art Museum. The SAAM was repurposed several years ago to focus on the history and culture of art from Asia. As one enters the museum you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very small museum. The contemporary exhibits are a treat. The permanent exhibits are just ok. Mostly ceramics, dishes, enamel wears etc. Free Saturday us when we went and it was a mad house, didn't work well for stroller but little kids everywhere and were having a great time. They did an exhibition of dancers and drums that... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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35 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

I love going for my walk up here. I love hanging out in the museum as they are constantly changing their exhibits. They often have hands on work shops for kids and adults!

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Thank Lorisong
Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Formerly the home of the entire Seattle Art Museum. The SAAM was repurposed several years ago to focus on the history and culture of art from Asia. As one enters the museum you can choose to visit the current installations located to the right or the more permanent exhibits from India and the Far East to the left. Recent installations... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Although this museum is small, the exhibitions they have with contemporary artists from Asia are intelligent and compelling. Set in beautiful grounds in Volunteer Park in Capital Hill - this museum is not to be missed in the Seattle art scene.

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Thank Macabebe
Orange County, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

I came to check out the Noguchi sculpture, but found some amazing ancient and modern art along the way. Their snuff bottle collection was a beautiful treat.

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Thank SoVerySoCal
Costa Mesa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The Seattle Art Museum made a smart move by keeping art in this building when the main portion of SAMs collections moved downtown. The setting of this museum in Volunteer Park creates more of a destination trip away from the city, but it’s worth it to see some fine art from China, Japan and India. The space is easy to... More 

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Thank Jim L
Longmont, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Wonderful collection of Asian art in a beautiful, spacious building. Had some difficulty finding it, but it was worth the trouble. In particular, the special exhibit, Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World, was absolutely fascinating. It was comprised of an animated feature that ran maybe 60 feet or so along one wall of the museum. Each section told its own... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We were walking though the park on the first Saturday in October and stumbled across the "free 1st Saturday" monthly promotion. Lucky us. Highlight for us was a temporary exhibit done by a graphic artist - but the rest of the museum is wonderful as well. We would have happily paid the price of admission

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Visiting Seattle without a car represented no problem. This lovely art deco museum, nestled in the midst of the flora of Volunteer Park was an easy bus ride from our downtown hotel. The building itself lies across from a water pond (with several sculptures) that invites a restful viewing of the iconic structure. They have a suggested admission plan, but... More 

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Thank phyllisweb1
Fortuna, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

If you are fond of Asian culture n history, this is a must-see place. It features different facets of culture of the Pacific rim specially works of art. When we visited it, there were various forms of art from China n Japan, paintings, calligraphy n other stuff. And it was a free day. The park across was wonderful too and... More 

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